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Syntactic Approach to ECG Rhythm Analysis

Udupa, Jayaram K and Murthy, Ivaturi SN (1980) Syntactic Approach to ECG Rhythm Analysis. In: IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, BME-27 (7). pp. 370-375.

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A diagnostic system for ECG rhythm monitoring based on syntactic approaches to pattern recognition is presented here. The method proposed exploits the difference in shape and structure between arrhythmic and normal ECG patterns to generate distinctly different descriptions in terms of a chosen set of primitives. A given frame of signal is first approximated piecewise linearly into a set of line segments which are completely specified in terms of their length and slope values. The slope values are quantized into seven distinct levels and a unit-length line segment with a slope value in each of these levels is coded as a slope symbol. Seven such slope symbols constitute the set of primitives. The given signal is represented as a string of such symbols based on the length and angle of the line segments approximating the signal. Context-free languages are used for describing the classes of abnormal and normal ECG patterns considered here. Analysis of actual ECG data shows efficiency comparable with that of existing methods and a saving in processing time.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering
Publisher: IEEE
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Department/Centre: Division of Electrical Sciences > Computer Science & Automation
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2010 05:40
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 05:38
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/21569

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